Evolution, genes, and inter-disciplinary personality research
Article first published online: 8 AUG 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Special Issue: European Personality Reviews 2007
Volume 21, Issue 5, pages 639–665, August 2007
How to Cite
Penke, L., Denissen, J. J. A. and Miller, G. F. (2007), Evolution, genes, and inter-disciplinary personality research. Eur. J. Pers., 21: 639–665. doi: 10.1002/per.657
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2007
Most commentaries welcomed an evolutionary genetic approach to personality, but several raised concerns about our integrative model. In response, we clarify the scientific status of evolutionary genetic theory and explain the plausibility and value of our evolutionary genetic model of personality, despite some shortcomings with the currently available theories and data. We also have a closer look at mate choice for personality traits, point to promising ways to assess evolutionarily relevant environmental factors and defend higher-order personality domains and the g-factor as the best units for evolutionary genetic analyses. Finally, we discuss which extensions of and alternatives to our model appear most fruitful, and end with a call for more inter-disciplinary personality research grounded in evolutionary theory. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.